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Hudgins Earns Leadership Award from COG

Hunter Mill Supervisor earns Scull Award for Regional Leadership

Hunter Mill Supervisor Cathy Hudgins was honored by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) with the organization's Elizabeth and David Scull Metropolitan Public Service Award for her work as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

Hudgins has been the board chair of WMATA for two years.

COG Board Chair Frank Principi said in a statement that Hudgins was the “thoughtful, steady, and insightful leader” the region needed to help restore confidence in Metro, which has faced serious challenges and increased scrutiny in the past several years.

Her peers at COG noted many accomplishments at WMATA, such as making the safety and maintenance of the system the top priorities of her chairmanship and advocating for Metro’s funding needs.

Hudgins also spearheaded several changes to improve the transit agency’s governance following recommendations by COG, the Board of Trade, and other groups. She initiated and oversaw a process in which WMATA adopted its first-ever Bylaws and a modernized Code of Ethics. The Board also agreed to end the custom of rotating the Board Chairman every year. As a result, Hudgins was elected for a second consecutive year in 2012.

COG officials noted that Hudgins has played a key part in ensuring the completion of the Silver Line’s first phase to Reston as well as the agreement that will build the second phase to Dulles Airport and Loudoun County.

The Scull Award is presented by COG annually to a local, state or federal elected official for outstanding service to the metropolitan Washington region. It is named after the late Montgomery County Councilmembers, who were strong supporters of COG and regional cooperation.   

John Lovaas December 13, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Metro's record with Hudgins' "leadership" in last two years says it all!
DGeorge December 13, 2012 at 04:06 PM
She is probably up for "Politician of the Year" award from AGC.( Assoc General Contractors.)
Gene December 13, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Exactly.
The Convict December 13, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Hudgins, why aren't you advocating for Reston to become a municipality? It's well past time for A City Called Reston.
Amanda Andere December 13, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Supervisor Hudgins is one of the most thoughtful leaders we have in Fairfax County, especially when it comes to human services and affordable housing. She is always the one to stand up for the people who don't have a voice and does so much behind the scenes many people don't even know about. Are we going to agree with everything our elected officials do, no? Should we look at the bigger picture of what they have and are trying to accomplish, ABSOLUTELY
Erin Hall December 13, 2012 at 10:07 PM
It's naive to say Hudgins has stood up for Reston. Look at her track record: she is 100% an advocate for developers and big business, not for the people of Reston who are trying to make sure this town does not become overrun, crowded, congested, over-commercialized, and over-built. Shame on her - she doesn't listen to her constituents.
Tammi Petrine December 13, 2012 at 11:45 PM
I agree with BOTH Amanda AND Erin. Personally, I admire Supervisor Hudgins immensely. But practically, I am beyond distraught at decisions she has made that have negatively affected her constituents. Her championing of the needy is fantastic and to be lauded. Too many continue to give them short shrift and deny that racism affects so many in this country to this very day. Poor health and poorer economic prospects are the result. So there, Mrs. Hudgins has my 100% support. But in the economic sphere, she is a disaster. The scheme to push through financing of the Silver Line metro with DTR toll increases is pure folly that really hurts Reston and Herndon. Yet, nothing has come of our protests and thorough research to change the original formula. She, Ken Plum and Janet Howell got us into this mess. They now need to get us out and pronto.
Tammi Petrine December 13, 2012 at 11:47 PM
continued: In addition, ignoring the cumulative pleas of a strong community based citizens coalition to curtail huge new developments on inappropriate sites is a further slap that belies understanding of the true goals of good future development for Reston; this is inexcusable. Reston is a SUBURB with a planned URBAN strip running through its middle along the DTR corridor. Hudgin's concept that WE are all going to walk or take mass transit for our day-to-day needs is idiotic and insulting to those of us who have lived in Reston for decades and plan to continue doing so. If increased density and people fleeing the sky-high tolls on the DTR are going to clog up our community, telling us to ditch our cars is not an answer! Ms. Hudgin’s able representative attends all of the Task Force (appointed by Ms. Hudgin’s herself!) meetings where the members have agreed on prudent development guidelines and planning principals. To ignore this hard working body and approve bad projects is beyond explanation. The whole community is now incensed by the move to develop Reston National Golf Course. We are all holding our breathes on this one since common sense seems to be lacking in several of the last projects approved by the Board of Supervisors at the behest of Hudgins.
Tammi Petrine December 13, 2012 at 11:48 PM
continued: If the Tysons model of service tax districts including existing residential properties comes to Reston to pay for infrastructure made necessary by new corridor development, the war will be on and we will need to elect a more sensitive supervisor. One only hopes that Ms. Hudgins rises to the challenges ahead and comes up with better votes than in the recent past. Fingers crossed.
Gene December 14, 2012 at 12:55 AM
"human services and affordable housing. She is always the one to stand up for the people who don't have a voice" Well then I'm glad that she has been an advocate I think it's great, now she needs to be more of an advocate for those of us that are paying more than our fair share of the bills. Your right we need to look at the big picture and if you do that you will realize that there is growing number of folks who are tired of contributing to the point where our standard of living is going down by a bunch, keep doing that and we are smart enough to take our income elsewhere.
Gene December 14, 2012 at 01:06 AM
Bravo well stated. Yes it all adds up doesn't it, they are ruining our community before our eyes and making us pay for it's destruction. Almost every controversial issue that has come up in the last 5 years, where the citizens stood up and asked for a change has been ignored. I am so frustrated with my inability as a citizen to have any influence on even simple things. There are days when I question my service to this country and all the important things I have worked on over the years.
Kimberly Lewis Gibson February 10, 2013 at 09:12 PM
Amen… to Erin, Tammi and Gene! Catherine Hudgins has treated her constituents in Vienna and Tysons with the same disregard… With the exception of her vote against the Boone Boulevard Ramp through Tysons Forest where presumably, given her track record, her hand was forced by the attendance at a community meeting of over 300 angry residents representing 15 homeowner and civic associations as well as media coverage As mentioned, her championing of the disadvantaged is admirable; however, she has repeatedly exhibited a lack of interest and care for those long-time residents who don’t need affordable housing or special services. We have seen first-hand her team’s unerring support of developers over residents…She is disingenuous when she speaks of “protecting older neighborhoods.” Her strong urban bias has consistently resulted in her supporting commercial and residential densification, all of which has continued to degrade our quality of life here in the Tysons area. (Continued below.)
Kimberly Lewis Gibson February 10, 2013 at 09:13 PM
(Continued from above.) While she laments increased enrollment at many Fairfax County schools and an increase in special services needs, both of which impact the County’s budget, what does she expect with unbridled urbanization? She says she believes in “sustained and comprehensive management.” Really? Where is she seriously supporting that? Blind support for the half-baked and fiscally irresponsible Silver Line? Voting in favor of the creation of a new tax district in Tysons to cover obvious infrastructure realities? Consistently voting for outright densification of in-fills in surrounding neighborhoods? There are plenty of long-time residents who feel their best interests are not being heard with Supervisor Hudgins’ style of leadership.

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